The café at Hardy's Birthplace Visitor Centre

The Visitor Centre's café is an independent family business run by Dorchester-born Sarah Key and her daughter Lydia. Using local produce where possible, they offer everything from homemade cakes and scones to freshly prepared soups and sandwiches.

Local produce

Sarah is proud to use only free range eggs and sources the majority of her products as locally as possible. Every morning they home bake cakes, scones, soups and produce jams, chutneys and cordials.

Everyone catered for

Sarah cooks as healthily as possible using rapeseed or olive oil and gluten free and vegetarian goodies are always available. A wide range of food is available, from healthy breakfasts, bacon sarnies and a full English to baguettes, light bites and typical English afternoon tea.

The cafe at Hardy's Cottage
Visitors in the cafe at Hardys Cottage

Dogs welcome

Dogs are welcomed into the café and as a big dog lover, Sarah is known to give out free gravy bones or biscuit treats.

Eat in or out

Tables are available inside and outside on the decking area in front of the café as well as further out under the shade of Thorncombe's trees.